Barracuda for P&O
Irish boatbuilder Safehaven Marine has delivered P&O Maritime’s first fast pilot boat, a 14m Barracuda, part of a two boat order for 2016. P&O Maritime are a repeat customer, having previously purchased a pilot craft from Safehaven in 2012.
This first 2016 delivery for a 14m version of Safehaven’s latest Barracuda hull design is for P&O’s operations in Maputo, Mozambique, with a second contract for an Interceptor 48 pilot version for their operations in Limassol, Cyprus, due for delivery in November. The new Barracuda design was chosen for her high speed capabilities offering excellent fuel economy and low running cost, the hull design allows higher than average pilot boat speeds to be achieved with lower power outputs yet still offering Safehaven’s vessels renowned levels of seakeeping and rough weather capabilities, her 22 degree planing hull deadrise and fine wave-piercing bow ensure a smooth, comfortable ride for pilots and crew, with her 4m beam providing very high levels of both static and dynamic stability allowing a safe stable and dry platform for pilots during transfers.
Khurula has a capacity for six crew and pilots, all on shock mitigation suspension seating in a fully air conditioned cabin, twin Dometic 27,000btu units are installed, one being a redundant system providing back up, and ensuring continued service in the hot climactic conditions the vessel will operate in. Fully loaded, powered by a pair of 500hp Cats she achieved 31kts on trials and has a range of over 300nm.
The design offers the expected features of a pilot craft featuring wide side decks and an inclined cabin side enabling a heel of over 20 degrees to occur when alongside a ship in rough weather before endangering crew on deck, and allowing safe transfer of pilots, but also a large aft cockpit allowing light cargo to be carried if required, increasing her versatility. The design also features a spacious forward cabin incorporating a separate heads compartment, storage lockers and capable of seating an additional six passengers when required providing a total seating capacity for twelve.
Safehaven’s proven MOB recovery system is fitted at the transom allowing an unconscious casualty to be quickly and easily lifted from the water, the recovery operation safely undertaken via an aft external secondary steering position. A full array of navigation equipment is fitted including Raymarine’s HD Radar, plotter, AIS, VHF etc and a thermal FLIR night vision camera, with repeaters for all equipment at the navigator’s position. The vessel is heavily fendered to provide protection to the bull during boarding’s and utilises Safehaven’s special sacrificial fendering system incorporating a larger fender at the shoulders that fits like a glove over the main deck fender and is retained in place by straps.
By Jake Frith
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